There are lots of ways to make a great stuffing for the holidays and this one uses hot Italian sausage and granny smith apples to kick things up a notch. The combination of the softened tart apples and spicy crumbled sausage was so delicious! Instead of leaving the bread out over night or using a toaster the bread cubes are baked in the oven until brown and slightly crispy. Everything is combined in a bowl and then baked in the oven once more. So easy and a great side dish for the holidays! Continue Reading →
Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer I look forward to trying out new ways to serve cranberry sauce. This year I chose a cranberry sauce flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup. I also added a little brown sugar instead of white sugar to give it a little something different. The sauce turned out excellent and the flavors of maple and cinnamon were delicious together! I served this alongside my Thanksgiving staple, Gingered Cranberry Sauce, so I got a chance to compare and contrast. I liked both a lot and they each complimented the turkey perfectly.
After Thanksgiving the food fest continues with new ways to make tasty leftovers! This recipe uses sausage but can be substituted for leftover turkey instead. It’s a perfect comfort food recipe as the days get colder and the nights get longer. It didn’t take long to throw together either! The beans, wild rice and corn made it a very hearty meal. I had never used turkey sausage in soup but it added some really nice flavors. I used a homemade chicken broth instead of store bought which enhanced the flavor of the soup quite a bit. The rice absorbs a lot of the broth so make sure to have extra on hand to add in later.
Cranberry sauce is my favorite condiment/side dish on Thanksgiving. I really like the more creative tricks to the traditional recipe. My favorite so far has been a Gingered Cranberry Sauce, but I have tried a variation with Pinot Noir which was also very tasty. This cranberry sauce is infused with pure pomegranate juice (no cocktails please) and the combination is pretty much perfect. The pomegranate juice has a slightly sweeter flavor than the cranberries so it’s a great way to make the sauce sweeter without adding additional sugar.
And now for the real main course–dessert! Here are some delicious options perfect for your Thanksgiving table:
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and main courses. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get creative with a lot of different dishes!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and this list features my favorite bread recipes for the big day!
Mashed potatoes is a side dish that has become a staple on many Thanksgiving tables. The great thing about mashed potatoes is you can add different ingredients to it and change a plain recipe into a more flavorful one. This Thanksgiving I decided to try mixing goat cheese and fresh dill into the potatoes. The goat cheese gave it a creamy tanginess, and tasted great with the fresh dill! Potatoes are so easy to make and I always leave the skins on (especially if they are red potatoes). Overall the addition of the goat cheese and dill was a success and I will definitely have this on the table on Thanksgiving next year.
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the leftovers for the days after. I usually like to make a soup out of the turkey leftovers but another great way to use all that turkey is to make a delicious sandwich with cranberry sauce. There is something about the combination of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on crusty bread that make Thanksgiving part II almost as good as the first day. This sandwich is naturally very easy to make as all the ingredients have already been prepared. I added some tomatoes and lettuce to give the sandwich some extra crunch. An excellent way to finish off any kind of leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
I ended up making quite a bit of cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving. The nice thing is that it can be stored in the refrigerator or even frozen. Cranberry sauce is easy to make from scratch and tastes fresh and tangy–a perfect topping for a roast turkey or slathering on a piece of bread for a leftover turkey sandwich. I normally go with an orange-ginger cranberry sauce but this year I tried making it with pinot noir. I really enjoyed this version of cranberry sauce, and the addition of the pinot noir gave it a more full-bodied flavor.